For many people, myself included, eating leftovers from Christmas or Thanksgiving is as much part of the festivities as the big meal itself. A plate of leftover stuffings, meat and cranberry sauce makes for a satisfying lunch. That said, it is easy to end up having too much turkey and becoming a bit fed up with it. For me, the solution is to make a range of very different meals with the leftovers that mean you enjoy a range of flavors. Ideally, they shouldn’t be too difficult (you just cooked a feast after all) and even better if they are comforting too, given the season. These turkey or chicken leek and mushroom crepes fits right in that description. They’re soft, creamy deliciousness.
Unfortunately I don’t think the photographs here can truly do justice to how tasty these are. Hopefully maybe seeing all the filling in the pan helps a bit, as it is a lovely smooth, creamy, cheesy sauce with all the tasty additions in there. And the best bit is I figured out you can make this incredibly quickly without lots of pans – just one for the filling and one to cook the crepes. You could even cheat with some ready-made crepes. You could even try flatbreads, though I think the crepe consistency works best with the sauce. These chicken leek and mushroom crepes really are tasty and easy!
How they’re made
In a nutshell, you cook the vegetables, add the chopped meat and then make the cheese sauce in with the vegetable-meat mixture. It is a whole lot quicker than separately making a roux etc as the pan is already hot and it uses one less pan. Also, I at least had no problem with getting lumps. In fact I had less problems with lumps than I sometimes do making a sauce on its own.
For the crepes, it’s quickest and easiest to make the mixture with a blender. Then when you cook them, make sure your pan heats up before you start. It is often easiest (if you don’t have a proper crepe-pan, as I don’t) to take the pan off the heat to pour in the mixture and swirl it round. And don’t be afraid to patch little gaps, you will hardly notice after.
These chicken leek and mushroom crepes are delicious and pretty easy to make, and the perfect way to enjoy your leftover is a slightly different way. Try them with turkey, goose, or what about leftover ham? I am taking them over to Fiesta Friday to see if Angie and others like them there as much as we have enjoyed them here. And I hope you manage to give them a try and like them – hopefully you’ll see what I mean about the photographs not doing them justice.
A delicious way to use some leftover turkey or chicken - comforting and flavorful.
- 1 egg
- pinch salt
- 1/3 cup 45g all-purpose/plain flour
- 1/3 cup milk 80ml, or a little more as needed
- 4 oz mushrooms 110g
- 3 oz leek 85g, around 1/2 a large
- 1 1/2 tbsp butter 15g
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 3 oz cooked turkey 85g, or chicken, cut in chunks
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup milk 120ml
- 1/2 cup cheddar 45g, grated
First make the crepe mixture - this is easiest with a hand blender but can be done by hand. Whisk the egg and salt together. Add the flour and 1/4 cup milk and mix until smooth. Add up to 1/4 cup more milk, to give a fairly runny batter. Leave to rest while making the filling.
Remove any long stems from the mushrooms, cup them in half and slice. Cut leek in half lengthwise then cut in medium-thin slices.
Melt the butter over a medium heat in a small-medium pan. Add the leeks and cook for approx 5min to allow them to soften, stirring regularly.
Next, add the mushrooms and thyme and allow mushrooms to cook, another 5 or so minutes, then add the turkey/chicken.
Add the flour and stir in so it absorbs all the butter. Meanwhile, heat your frying pan/skillet for the crepes.
Reduce the heat a little then add half of the milk, stir so it is mixed in then add the remaining milk and stir in. Add the cheese, stir so it melts and mixes through then turn off the heat.
Pour some of the crepe mixture into the warm frying pan/skillet. Do this with the pan off the heat and at the same time swirl it round the pan so it covers all of the base. Fill any gaps with a little extra batter.
After a couple minutes, loosen the edge and once the edge starts to curl up and go crisp, turn the crepe over with a spatula/palette knife. Cook a couple more minutes on the other side.
Remove to a plate, put a large spoonful of turkey/chicken mixture to one side of the crepe and roll it up. Repeat with the remaining crepe and turkey mixtures - you should get around 4-6 depending on size.
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